What is a D-Group?
D-Groups, or “discipleship groups” are a committed group of 3-5 gender specific groups of people. They will commit to one year of Bible-reading through “Foundations: New Testament” or “Foundations: Old and New Testament.”
What is "Foundations"?
Foundations is a simple, yet intentional discipleship plan in 260 days (Five days a week with weekends to catch up and memorize scripture). It intends to read 1-2 chapters a day. Readers will use the H.E.A.R. Method (see this H.E.A.R. Journal sample entry for more information) to interact with the Scriptures weekly.
What are the expectations of D-Groups?
D-Groups should meet weekly or bi-weekly for roughly 1 hour-1.5 hours per meeting. Members should be expected to discuss something from their H.E.A.R. journal as well as honestly answer accountability questions. Members will also spend a few moments individually reciting the memorized scripture for that week. This is not meant to shame anyone, but to highly encourage bible memorization.
If a person joins a D-Group, they should be prepared to commit to one year of Bible reading, scripture memorization, accountability, and intentionally meeting. If a person wants to go further, they can start their own group. These meetings are intentionally simple for effectiveness and reproducibility.
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
What is the structure of a D-Group?
- Fellowship (10 minutes) Spend the first ten minutes catching up. If you want, you can be more structured in this time and have each person share his or her “high” and “low” of the week.
- Scripture Memory (5-10 minutes) Have each person recite the verse and then ask the question, “As you meditated on this verse, what stood out to you?”
- Bible Reading and H.E.A.R. journals (25-35 minutes) Ask each person “Which of your H.E.A.R. journals stood out the most to you this week and what are you doing about it?
- Accountability (10-25 minutes) Our accountability time starts as we discuss our H.E.A.R. journals and how we are responding. In addition, we want to discuss our ONE, “How have you prayed for and invested in your ONE this week?”
- Prayer (10 minutes) Finish the time by having each person share something specific and personal that the group can pray for. A helpful way to finish the group is to have each member pray for the person on their right.